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Monday, August 28, 2017 - 8:15am

Accra, GHANA—On August 24, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, launched the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG), in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other development partners. NASTAG is a partnership between producers, traders, government institutions and processors in the seed industry. The Association aims to spur private sector investment and promote the use of high-quality certified seed. In attendance were, USAID/Ghana Agriculture Team Leader Jenna Tajchman and Deputy Minister of Agriculture Honorable Dr. Sagre Bambangi, who highlighted the importance of growing Ghana’s seed industry to build a food secure future.

At the event, seven new Executive Council Members of the Association were inducted into office to grow the competitiveness of Ghana’s seed industry. The Executive Council will work to strengthen the business and technical skills of its members, promote collaboration between seed value chain actors, and advocate on regulations, standardization and the provision of general seed information to all stakeholders.

Ambassador Jackson cuts ribbon with Nana Adontenhene of Asante
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 1:30pm

On Monday, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Otumfuo Adontehene, Minister of Business Development Hon. Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, and Ashanti Regional Minister Honorable Simon Osei-Mensah launched a commercial groundnut processing facility at the Kumasi factory of Project Peanut Butter, an NGO devoted to combatting undernutrition by producing effective ready-to-use therapeutic foods.  The groundnut processing facility was provided through a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Hershey Company, and Rotary International.

Amb Jackson and his wife Babs, with Mrs Charlotte Osei and her husband
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:00am

U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson presented Electoral Commission Chair Charlotte Osei with the U.S. Embassy’s Women of Courage Award on August 22, in honor of her work in managing the administration of a transparent and credible election in 2016, as well as her efforts to boost inclusion and civic engagement. Ambassador Jackson and Ms. Osei were joined at the ceremony by representatives from the Electoral Commission, the National Commission on Civic Education, the U.S. government, members of the diplomatic community, civil society, and selected Ghanaian leaders.

Pupils who took part in the Spelling Bee competition
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:30am

On July 25, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Education partnered with the Young Educators Foundation to host Ghana’s first-ever spelling bee in Dagbani—a language widely spoken in the Northern Region.  This event brought together the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, the Municipal Director of Education, the representative of the Paramount Chief of the Dagbon Traditional area, parents, assemblymen and women, head teachers, parent-teacher associations, religious leaders and hundreds of school children. The aim of the spelling bee was to mobilize the Yendi community around encouraging their children to read with fluency and comprehension.

Amb Jackson reads with a child
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:45am

U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson launched the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Partnership for Education: Innovating activity today in historic Jamestown, Accra. Innovating is a four-year partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE) that will work to create a “culture of reading,” in which more children read for pleasure outside the classroom. Ambassador Jackson was joined by Ghanaian government officials, the private sector, traditional and community leaders, educators, parents, and primary school pupils at the launch, which celebrated the power and fun of reading through poetry, performances, animated videos, and read aloud sessions

An inclusive education teacher in her classroom
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 11:00am

On November 9, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana Mission Director, Andrew Karas, visited the Ishadia kindergarten and primary school in Ghana’s Northern Region during a five-day trip to the north. During his visit, Karas handed over equipment including hearing aids, wheel chairs, and Braille materials to Ishadia school staff.

Andy Karas, Mission Director, with women carrying Orange flesh sweet potato
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:30am

Did you know that Ghana is growing a superfood? In August 2016, 2,000 women from 70 communities across the Northern Region planted 1.5 million orange-fleshed sweet potato seedlings provided to them by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Known locally as “Alaafei Wuljo”, the orange-fleshed sweet potato is a tasty, easy-to- grow yet highly nutritious crop. Today in Gushegu, the first 2016 harvest of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes will take place, kicking off two months of harvests across more than 100 acres in 17 districts in the region.

Melinda Tabler-Stone, Chargee d'Affairs of the US Embassy in Accra using a Veronica bucket to wash her hands at the launch event
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:15pm

On Monday, October 18, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Melinda Tabler-Stone and other officials and dignitaries participated in the national launch of Rotary Family Health Days. The program is initiated and managed by Rotary International in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations to provide health screening services to vulnerable children, women, and men throughout Ghana.

Amb Jackson hands over the keys to the new KG block to the Western Regional Director of Education
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson and Western Regional Minister John Evans Aidoo inaugurated a USAID-funded kindergarten in the Diabene community in Ghana’s Western Region today. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $100,000 for the construction and furnishing of this kindergarten, which was completed in June 2016. The kindergarten block houses two classrooms, a staff room, a dining hall, restrooms, and a playground.

USAID/Ghana Mission Director, Andy Karas exchanges the MOU with the director of Social Welfare
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 11:15am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection signed a collaboration agreement on August 9 at the Ministry. U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson, Minster of Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur, and USAID/Ghana Mission Director Andrew Karas were present at the signing, which marks the next phase in their partnership to protect Ghana’s most vulnerable children.


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